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Majority Of Elementary School Students Across Mass. To Return To In-Person Classes Monday

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WBZ-TV's Tiffany Chan reports.

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KEN MACLEOD: It is back to school tomorrow for most elementary students around the state. In all but a handful of communities it'll be in person learning five days a week for the first time since the start of the pandemic. WBZ's Tiffany Chan is live for us in Boston tonight. She's got more on that, Tiffany.

TIFFANY CHAN: Yeah, Ken, the majority of elementary school students and teachers are gearing up to return to the classroom for the first time five days a week. But in a pandemic of course, that doesn't come without some concerns. Now the classroom experience will look a bit different for students now. Desks will be spaced three feet apart, and lunch tables will be arranged in a way to allow for social distancing.

Educators have also been eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine adding that extra level of protection in the classroom. But if you look at the data, Massachusetts schools have logged more than 1,000 new coronavirus cases among students and teachers in the last week. The Salem school superintendent and a Boston teacher voicing their opinions. Take a listen.

STEVE ZRIKE: There obviously is still risk. We are seeing as each day goes on, we see more and more concerns about the mental health of students, isolation that students have experienced. I absolutely believe it's the right thing to do.

GENELLE FAULKNER: I'm halfway vaccinated. I need the second dose. So that makes me feel a little bit better but yes, it's more-- I'm more concerned about my family. Am I bringing things home to them. Am I interacting with people and getting them exposed.

TIFFANY CHAN: Now some school districts like Boston and Worcester got approval to delay full in-person learning. And of course, parents have the option to keep their children fully remote as well. From Cambridge, I'm Tiffany Chan for WBZ News.